Top 5 Locations for Landscape Photography in Kerry, Ireland (Part 1)

When I started on this blog post, I intended to write one of the typical top-something lists. I soon realized that with the information I wanted to convey it would be too long for a single article.

To make reading easier, I will publish my list of landscape shooting locations in five parts, so bear with me and you get it all.

Of course the information in these posts reflect my own experience. But I am sure that most landscape photographers will find that the places I am going to describe are simply stunning.

My personal top spot is the westernmost point of the Irish mainland:

1. Dunmore Head

This is not the easiest place to get to, especially if you drive from Dingle along the coast towards Slea Head.

Street sign in Irish
An additional challenge: all street signs are in Irish in this area (©Johann Brandstätter Photography)

In Dingle, take the first exit on the roundabout at the end of town and follow the signs Slea Head Drive and R559. Shortly before you get to Coumeenoole village you have to cross a real ford! On a rainy day you might get your feet wet there when you are driving a Maserati.

Use the famous Slead Head view point to get a first impression. Then, drive on through Coumeenoole and turn sharp left after the village to get to the car park in the bay.

From there it’s maybe half an hour by foot along a well-used path to get over the hill and to the cliffs. Just be careful not to scare the sheep.

The view of the Blasket Islands and the rugged cliffs in front of you is worth the effort, I can assure you!

When the underground is wet (which is pretty much all the time) you should be very careful! Watch where you step because a slip could mean a long drop and a hard landing.

Dunmore Head and Blasket Islands
Dunmore Head and Blasket Islands before sunrise (©Johann Brandstätter Photography)

Best time of the day: early morning and late evening.

Additional photo gear: Tripod (not too flimsy, otherwise the wind can be a problem), Polarizer, ND Grad Filters, Remote.

Also, bring something to protect your camera from the salt water spray and plenty of lens wipes.

Personal equipment: Especially if you are around in the morning, put on a soft-shell or a windbreaker. Wear sturdy shoes; sandals will not only get your toes smelling of sheep dung, they are also too dangerous for this kind of terrain.

If you get there before daybreak or after sunset you MUST bring a torch! Otherwise, it is difficult to find the gap in the fence you have to cross. You also risk losing the path and stepping over some cliff.

If you liked the reading, be careful not to miss Part 2 next week:

2. Gap of Dunloe
You do not want to worry about fording streams or finding your shooting location in pitch darkness? Then consider joining one of my photo tours. I am offering guided trips to these and other amazing places all over Kerry.
For more information you can contact me at: johann[at]jb-photography[dot]com
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